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Causes: Blind & Visually Impaired Centers, Deaf & Hearing Impaired Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

Mission: Our vision is of a world in which all deafblind children and adults can be full and active members of society. Our purpose is to work in partnership with - deafblind people, their families, care givers and professionals to ensure that everyone facing challenges because of deafblindness have access to advice, opportunities and support. We are the first and only non-governmental organisation to support the development of comprehensive services for people with deafblindness throughout India. We have a focused/ refined objective of supporting deafblindness alone and have not deviated from it even as we take on a comprehensive approach which includes social, human rights perspectives with all available solutions. We are currently transforming the lives of more than 77,500 children and adults with deafblindness which includes more than 63,500 in main-stream schools within the government’s national ‘inclusive education’ programme and about 14,019 receive specialist services through partner NGOs. Over the last 20 years, we have: Increased the number of deafblind people receiving support from just 23 in 1997 to over 77,500 today; Formed the National Network of Families of deafblind people (PRAYAAS), which received the National Award for best parents association; Strategically aligned with the Government of India in their flagship- education programme- Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) for the inclusion of deafblind children in its mandate; Designed and initiated a two year diploma course in Special Education on Deafblindness recognised by the Rehabilitation Council of India. We advocate for the rights of people with deafblindness with the government and the biggest achievement has been recognition of ‘deafblindness’ in the recently passed the ‘The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016’. For the first time in history of India, deafblindness is recognized as a disability and rights of persons with deafblindness are now protected. Inclusion of vaccination for Rubella under the Universal Immunization Programme is another significant achievement of our advocacy initiatives. We are a member of several Central Government and State level advisory groups. We have been accredited by Credibility Alliance and by Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA)- National CSR Hub under Ministry of Corporate Affairs. We have been awarded Gold Certification by GuideStar India by GuideStar India Transparency Award in 2016.

Target demographics: Children and Adults with Deafblindness

Direct beneficiaries per year: 14,019 individuals with deafblindness through our 59 Partner NGOs across 22 states

Geographic areas served: Odhisha, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Bihar, Gujarat, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Assam, West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand

Programs: Early intervention to detect the severity of deafblindness; Need-based education through Centre-based, Home-based and Community Based Rehabilitation programmes; Vocational Training and Income Generation support to adult deafblind individuals; Livelihood Training (Functional & clinical Assessment, Identification of trade); Family Training Programmes.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 Akhil

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Have you come across a child who can neither see, hear and speak? Yes, 3 disabilities together! Can you imagine what and how this child will learn, live and grow, especially when 95% of our learning comes from what we see and hear! Sense India works with such "deafblind" and multi-sensory impaired children and young adults. We are striving to bring meaning into such lives through education, training and support to parents. It is almost 20 years that I have been with Sense India and have witnessed transformed lives through your support so come forward and extend a helping hand.

1 Sejal S.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I have been working as a volunteer with Sense International India for the past six months. Great team putting up great work together! It is with great enthusiasm that the team comes together to provide support structure and facilities to enable the deaf-blind children to learn activities of their daily learning and other skills. The team also facilitates collection of funding to enable all the support activities. All in all it has been a richly rewarding experience to work with Sense International India and help the deaf-blind children whose world otherwise becomes very limited!

2 Nikhil2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

over a year ago Like many people i had never heard of a people being Deaf and blind at the same time. Sense India has helped me broaden my horizon with regards to the disability sector.

Highly transparent and ethical in its functioning Happy to be a part of sense India

Previous Stories
9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sense India is a rare non-profit organization working with the deafblind individuals in India.
The work is such that it not only has a critical mission but also manages to execute with tremendous effectiveness and efficiency. I am proud to be associated with such an organization.

2 Vijay B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered here for 2 week and it was the most productive 2 weeks I spent this year.
Sense is a NGO where they put in their 100 percent for the deaf blinds, where they highly appreciate efforts made by people and create massive awarness about the cause. The people who work in sense are empathetic and love the work they do, And in my view this is what an ideal NGO should be like.
- Vijay Bhatia
Student 17

2 Deepa K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with sense India as a volunteer in cycle rally and the experience is really nice !! The team is too much supporting !! And they have organised very well !! And I must say they are really working very hard towards their goals !!

Deepa Kotak

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with team and have been following their work closely. I must say the team and work is wonderful. They practice transparency and really do quality work and making real impact on deafblind community

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization in the field of deafblindness, reaching out maximum numbers of person's with deafblindness. Working with transparency to include excluded population.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sense International India is working for deafblind children and adults. I have seen the impact of their work which has brought positive change in lives of not only people with deafblindness but their families also. The ngo is doing great work and I am happy to be associated with it.

3 Harsh J.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Sense international has a great presence overall and the work they have carried is commandable, this inturn has a great effect in the society. We need more NGO's which work for the wellbeing of the society.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Sense International India is doing a wonderful job by organizing various activities for disabled people and a platform to showcase their talent.
It always brings happiness to be associated with this ngo and create smile on others face.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had participated in one of the cyclothon organised by Sense India...
They promote deafblind people and help them...
They are very helpful and give hope to the deafblind children's and adult ...

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sense international is a very dedicated nonprofit organisation. Ehat i love about them is they keep various marathons and stuff to make people aware about blind and deaf children. I have been a part of such cycle marathon and it was really great.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got a great opportunity to volunteer on Hellen Keller's day and it was wonderful to be a part of Cyclothon on 26th June 2016 which was organized by Sense International India. They are doing great work for the development of deafblind people.

7 Heer K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a very nice and helpful organisation.my experience was extremely good.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sense International India is working for the development of deafblind people. Its a complex disability wherein a child/ adult has both hearing and visual impairment. I am grateful to be associated with such an organization who has presence in 22 states of India through 57 partner organisations which is commendable. Sense India is making a positive change in the lives of deafblind people by advocating for their rights.

6 Francis A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sense India is doing a wonderful work in the field of deafblindness. Transforming the lives of 65,800 children and adults with deafblindness is quite an achievement! I fully support the cause and Sense India and would like to congratulate the team and all those associated with it. Best wishes for all your future endeavors.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Sense International has been doing a wonderful work in helping people with disabilities. Be it working at the field level ot advocacy and lobbying. All the staff has been very approachable.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Sense International (India) is one organization who not just commits but delivers in every possible way, the way they work toward betterment of future of Deaf-Blind people of India is commendable. I feel really Proud that for these organization i got to "Ran in Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2013 "one of prestige marathon & i feel really nice that i ran for them , in someway i was able to contribute my bit towards the awareness. "Deaf-blindness" is a very unique disability & i am really amazed to see with what a great passion & love Sense International India is working so hard for Deaf-Blind people.

I want tell to every one reading this, not just to read & say `wow' `great work' `kuddos' ... but 1 must understand Our 1 Step of Support to this organization is 1 step towards 1 Life .... Support as much as u can .. all we can do is SPREAD THE WORD AROUND .... The JOY Would be spread Automatically ...

3 Ashish C.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was with them in sep 6-8 in 2010 for leadership development confrence in ahmedabad. The organization has explained the needs / actualities of deafblindness. Since then l am watching their work from m place i.e. Hoshangabad.mp and found that they ate totally devoted in the betterment of deafblind people of our country. The efficient leadership of Mr. Akhil Paul has shown path to the group and the entire family of the organiation, its partners, beneficieries, well- wishers and general public all admire them a lot. These kind of organizations should get opportunity to represent , lead and guide to transform the condition of the dprived people. I wish them best of luck for the same.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came in touch of SENSE before say 6-7 years. I find this organisation very good specially the services this org gives to the DEAF-BLIND and MULTY HANDICAPPED people is signeficant. Of all the services this org gives I like the HOME BASED services to the deaf-blind and multihandicapped people. I think this is the only org which provides home based services to the special people without any charge. I know this type of org always need Funds and Volunteers to serve the people and I suggest a minimum amount should be charged with the people whom you gives services. Ofcourse there are many families which can not afford the charges but a lot of families can afford it and this is the best way to get funds for the org to run its humble services.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Hello, I came to know about this organization from the Net. I asked about the services through email and got a very helpful reply so that we can help kids with disability.